Apr 20

Tonight’s line-up against Houston.

Here’s tonight’s line-up against Houston tonight at Citi Field:

Jose Reyes, SS

Josh Thole, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Ike Davis, 1B

Angel Pagan, CF

Willie Harris, LF

Daniel Murphy, 2B

RA Dickey, RP

LINE-UP COMMENTS: I like Terry Collins sticking with Josh Thole second in the order. … Despite some yapping on the call-in shows, there’s no real reason to move David Wright out of the three hole at the moment. There’s no other viable bat worth putting there.

Apr 19

Dealing Beltran, Reyes will be difficult.

The more I think of it, the less I believe the Mets will pull off a significant deal at the trade deadline involving Carlos Beltran and/or Jose Reyes.

REYES: Don't see him, Beltran, going anywhere.

The Mets would love to rid themselves of the balance of Beltran’s contract, but several scouts have reportedly said they couldn’t recommend a trade for the often-injured outfielder based on his age, salary and injury history. Even should Beltran stay upright and hit until late July, there is the fear he could break down as he has in each of the previous two seasons. I see a team not going overboard on the players it would send the Mets, but also envision the reluctance or not wanting to pick up the rest of Beltran’s $18.5 million contract at the end of July.

It would be too risky a move for a contender, especially if there are other alternatives on the market. Why take that risk when the odds are Beltran will hobble again between now and the end of the season? Any team interested in Beltran is likely to wait until the winter when it wouldn’t have to surrender talent and would have the leverage in the money.

For now, the Mets are waiting for a desperate team.

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Apr 17

Pelfrey spits bit again; Gee gets start today.

Did you notice how when Terry Collins pulled Mike Pelfrey last night that he never spoke with his pitcher. In fact, he stood a few feet away.

PELFREY: Another rough night.

It’s hard to picture a more glaring display of disgust. Reminds me of how Pelfrey turned his back on Jerry Manuel last season. What goes around, comes around, I guess.

Collins’ words later, complete with a glazed over look in his eyes, of things getting better rang hollow, pretty much like his team’s peformance.

Two doubleheader losses in three days will do it for a manager.

After sleeping on it, I still can’t figure out what Daniel Murphy was thinking as he took off for third base. It’s one thing to try to make things happen. It’s another to not have a clue.

The Mets try to avoid their eighth straight loss this afternoon and pull out of the third worst start in franchise history. To give you an idea of how dismal things are, only the 1962 and 1964 teams began their schedules with more futility.

It begins with pitching and Pelfrey has done nothing to fortify his supposed role as ace. After four starts, his ERA stands at a robust 9.72. Pelfrey said must get better, which is a pretty generous assessment.

Overall, Mets’ starters have a 6.29 ERA and averaging 5.1 innings a start, which of course, won’t get it done. During the losing streak the staff ERA is 5.86, while the offense is averaging just over three runs a game while hitting .213.

Today’s hope is Dillon Gee, who’ll replace Chris Young, who was placed on the DL with biceps tendinitis.

Here’s this afternoon’s lineup at Atlanta:

Jose Reyes, SS

Josh Thole, C

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Ike Davis, 1B

Angel Pagan, CF

Willie Harris, LF

Brad Emaus, 2B

Dillon Gee, RP

LINEUP COMMENTS: Interesting to see Thole elevated to second. Theoretically, Thole’s bat control and command of the strikezone should help Jose Reyes, while it is hoped by dropping Pagan will add punch to the middle of the order. The Mets are at the position where it doesn’t hurt to try.

 

Apr 11

Mets notebook: Paulino on DL

News and notes prior to tonight’s game against Colorado:

* Back-up catcher Ronnie Paulino has completed the last eight games of his 50-game suspension for using PEDs and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from anemia. Frankly, I think the Mets caught a break on this one. I don’t understand getting credit for games on the suspension he wouldn’t have been able to play in regardless.

* Jose Reyes is off to a good start and is riding a streak of starting the last seven games with either a hit or walk. Reyes has five multi-hit games in the Mets’ first nine games.

* The Mets are hoping outfielder Jason Bay will be activated from the disabled list by the end of the week when the team is in Atlanta.

* The Mets are carrying 13 pitchers and will probably do so until Bay is ready to be activated.

 

Apr 03

Niese sharp against Marlins; Dickey goes for series win.

The way things started last night for Jon Niese, I didn’t expect him to last long, set alone give up only one hit in the next six innings.

NIESE: Sharp last night.

That upside I mentioned yesterday about Niese? Well, we saw it last night.  He was a definite bright spot. So was David Wright, who drove in two runs with a homer and single.

 

With Jason Bay down and the Carlos Beltran on the mend, the Mets need a good start from Wright.

Beltran, meanwhile, scored from first on a double by Ike Davis. He also doesn’t seem to have any problems moving in the outfield.

I like how the Mets came back from the first inning and after Francisco Rodriguez blew a save opportunity in the ninth. There was no sign of a fragile confidence.

Other good impressions after the first two games:

* Everybody is hustling. No malingerers in the batting box.

* Brad Emaus has looked comfortable at second.

* There’s pep in Jose Reyes’ step.

The Mets go for the series win this afternoon behind R.A. Dickey.

Here’s the batting order:

Jose Reyes, SS

Willie Harris, LF

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Angel Pagan, CF

Lucas Duda, RF

Daniel Murphy, 2B

Josh Thole, C

R.A. Dickey, RP